Flaxseed contains omega 3. Omega 3 is good fat that has heart healthy effects. Consuming flaxseed is an easy way to get omega 3 in your diet. One tablespoon of flaxseed contains 1.8 grams of omega 3.
How do you know if you need omega 3 in your diet? If you have brittle hair/nails, constipation, dry/itchy skin, joint pains, fatigue, or poor concentration you may be lacking omega 3.
For more benefits, dosing, side effects, and ways to incorporate it into your life check out the brochure displayed below.
Maintain Don’t Gain this holiday season!
Most Americans gain around a pound of weight every year during the holidays, which doesn’t seem like much, but studies show that the one pound gained during this time of year isn’t lost throughout the rest of the year. Overtime, the yearly one pound addition to body weight can have some serious effects on our health- hypertension, diabetes, etc. Maintain Don’t Gain is an awareness project, hopefully getting people to think about the decisions they make during this time of year, specifically about what they eat and their activity levels. It’s easier to prevent weight gain than it is to lose the pounds later.
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Exercise should still be considered a priority. Not only is it important to maintain activity levels but it can also help deal with any stress that goes along with the holidays. If you keep active over the break it will be easier to get back into your normal routine once you return.
Shoveling snow, outdoor winter activities, indoor body weight workouts
Winter Running/Walking Tips:
- Wear multiple layers, with the first layer being a synthetic material, such as polypropylene, which will helps wick away sweat/moisture. Stay away from cotton because it holds in moisture and will keep you wet.
- Protect your hands and feet with gloves and thick socks.
- Cover your head. About 40% of your body heat is lost from your head, and wearing a hat will help prevent heat loss so your circulatory system will have more heat to distribute to the rest of the body.
- Start your run into the wind, than it will be at your back at the end of the workout, when you’re sweaty.
- If the temperature is at or below zero, stick with an indoor activity.
Holiday Meal Time
Think small. Enjoy the food, but keep the portions under control.
Take breaks. Try not to rush through your whole plate of food, so you can better gauge when you’re full. It can take up to 20 minutes for your stomach to signal the brain that it’s full.
Be mindful of alcohol intake. Alcohol contains useless calories that change your blood sugar levels and, in the short term, can increase hunger levels and cause unnecessary snacking.
Why It’s Important to Track Your Activities
Keeps you honest.
You can see results and progress-good and bad.
Keep track of activities you enjoy or don’t enjoy.
To get registered for the challenge – head to the Healthy UND webpage , stop by the Fitness Desk at the Wellness Center or the Healthy & Wellness Hub in the Union! Stay on track this holiday season!
Okay, that isn’t quite true! It is a possibility though! Last week I promoted “Smart Snacking in College” at the Wellness Center. While the majority of people consider “stressful snacking” to be overeating, many studies show that when students are stressed they resort to their fingernails… or under-eating! I wanted to find out how UND students were snacking, especially with the stress of finals coming up. Being a dietetic student, there was an OVERLOAD of ideas in my brain to share with you guys. Obviously, I wanted my information to be from credible sources. With SO many people claiming their way is the best way in nutrition it can be tough to know what to believe. After filtering through tons of information, I came up with the following general recommendations for snacks:
- Don’t overdo your snacks!
- Contain carbohydrates!
- Fuel your brain
- Helps digestion
- Protein filled!
- Nutrient Dense!
What are you putting into your body? Using credible information when it comes to nutrition is SO important for your best and healthiest life! Where can you be sure to find this? A few resources to take a look at are:
- A Registered Dietitian
Here are some quick ideas for you in your busy lifestyle!
Make-your-own Trail Mix:
Try:Whole grain, low sugar cereal
Sunflower seeds,Raw Almonds, Dried fruit (raisins, craisins, etc.), Dark Chocolate
Throw together ingredients and put into individual Ziploc bags for each day!
Try: Blue Diamond 100 calorie pack raw almonds
Why? Fiber, protein, healthy fat, B vitamins
Price: $3.99/7 pack ($0.57 per packet)
Try: Kashi TLC (Tasty Little Crunchies) Bar
Why? One package has 180 calories, 4g fiber, 6g protein, 100% whole grains, 8g added sugar
Price: $5.12/12 bars ($0.42 per bar)
Greek Yogurt dip:
Try: Dill Dip
+1 Cup Non-fat PLAIN Greek Yogurt
+3 teaspoons dried dill weed (find it in the spices section!)
Mix together and enjoy! Dip carrots, celery, whole-grain crackers
Why? Protein, Probiotics (help digestion)
Greek yogurt is a great replacement for dips using cream cheese, mayonnaise, or sour cream, or butter.
Price: $1.75 for yogurt, $3.98 for dried dill weed that can be used multiple times!
I also had members fill out a short survey about their snacking habits. The options to choose from for snack items were: crackers, candy, cheese stick, fruit, vegetables, nuts, cookies, yogurt, sports drinks, milk, chips, pop, ice cream. I was impressed that the item that was most commonly snacked on was yogurt! Good job, you guys! The most common activity that those were snacking during was watching television! The majority of those who took the survey claimed they consumed less when feeling stressed. Continue that healthy snacking UND students! I would advise against relying on fingernails for nutrients though!